Cake, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle” (Download) The thing I love about Cake is the fact that you really don’t have to sing on key. You just have to speak in a kind of monotone voice that allows you riff on whatever subject you wish. Have a listen to John McCrea’s voice and then just kind of freestyle a topic. Take your pick: washing dishes, folding clothes, taking the dog for a walk. The most mundane things can have an oddly poetic gloss when you voice it in McCrea’s style.
Frank and Moon Zappa, “Valley Girl” (Download) I haven’t heard this song in such a long time, but it came up on my mp3 player and it was pretty funny to hear it again. I’m not sure if I could take repeated plays like when it was first released in 1982, but as a “one off” trip down memory lane it’s worth it.
Rolling Stones, “Live with Me” (w/Christina Aguilera) (Download) When I saw Christina’s name on the movie poster for this film, I said “Huh? Why is she doing a duet with Mick?” But after hearing this tune, I can see why they chose her to sing “Live with Me.” Her voice is so powerful that fits really well with the Stones’ music. I’m not sure I could take an entire album of duets, but for this one song, I thought the Stones and Aguilera did some mighty fine work.